Amendments to Liberty State Park bill are first step, additional protections needed to benefit Jersey City residents

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Ed Potosnak issued the following statement in response to the passage of a Liberty State Park bill that was passed by the Senate Environment and energy today:

The amendment passed today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee is an important first step in ensuring that investments in Liberty State Park benefit the people of Jersey City — not powerful, motivated business interests. by profit. Our state parks are not revenue-generating theme parks and they should not follow the same business model.

While we agree that Liberty State Park needs investment, any state spending must benefit Jersey City residents and must bring community leaders to the table.

Liberty State Park should not be turned into a playground for the outside rich. It is essential that we preserve critical ecological resources, especially Coven Point, while providing recreational opportunities long desired by Jersey City residents.

Today’s hearing represents a step in this process, but there is still much to do. We look forward to working with the Sponsor, Speaker, Legislative Leaders and Governor Murphy on a bill we can all be proud of – one that puts the needs of Jersey City first.

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Melissa C. Keyes